PlayStation 4 vs Xbox One: Which System Is Better

To say there is bad blood between Microsoft and Sony would be viewed as a massive understatement.

Both companies are set to release their next-generation gaming consoles later this year, but neither side is waiting until the to take shots at one another.

Microsoft took a indirect shot at Sony by securing a more-than impressive list of Xbox One exclusive games, but then Sony dropped a major bombshell of its own.

Towards the end of it’s E3 press event, Sony America President Jack Tretton announced, one by one, details of the PlayStation 4 that was met by thunderous applause by those in attendance, all of them direct shots at Microsoft. Then to top it all off, Sony, to coincide with the announcement that gamers can buy, sell, rent, and trade PS4 games at will when the console is released, released this video of  “instructions on how to share games” which is viewed as a direct shot at Microsoft’s decision to not allow the sharing of games whatsoever without paying full price for said game.

It’s clear that we are in for a dirty fight between the top two console companies in the industry today. No matter what the companies do and say, whether direct or indirect, about each other, there is one thing that both care about just as much as the other: the consumer.

Without people going out and purchasing the consoles, neither company will see success. So, that’s where you come in Fansiders. What are your thoughts on the consoles?

Below are categories with a poll box after each where you can cast your vote for either PS4 or Xbox One. After it’s all said and done, the votes will be tallied and a results post will be done in SEVEN days.

Hardware & Specs:

For the most part, the hardware aspect of the consoles are almost exactly the same. Both systems will have built-in 500GB hard-disk drives, a version of an 8-core AMD processor built specifically for that system, and a blue-ray disc drive which Sony had on the PS3 as well. But then you get to a key piece of technology that is different between the two: the system memory.

The Xbox One will utilize DDR3 RAM (Random-Access Memory) which will allow the system to transfer small pockets of data at a very high rate of speed. That type of memory is what is found in the average home PC today.

The PS4 will take advantage of the newest form of RAM with GDDR5. GDDR5 RAM is what is commonly found on today’s top-end PC graphics cards allowing larger amounts of data to be transferred at much faster speeds than DDR3 RAM would allow. It allows the PS4 to be optimized for graphical output.

The inclusion of DDR5 RAM in the PS4 will allow the console to have more graphical computing power in addition to faster graphics memory. What does that mean? Well, PS4 has the ability to have much better looking games (graphics wise) than the Xbox One.

Where the Xbox One has a one up on the PS4 is in regards to storage space. Both consoles have the aforementioned 500GB built-in HDD, but the Xbox One will allow users to connect external drives without formatting first to use for extra storage space. Another big plus for Microsoft’s console is it’s WiFi speed.

The Xbox One will utilize WiFi Direct which will allow WiFi speeds up to 250mbps. Much higher than the 50-75mbps that the PS4 will support. Of course, if you wire your console via Ethernet then that doesn’t really matter.

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The perfect controller?

Microsoft hit a homerun, well with the exception of that god-awful directional pad, with its design of the Xbox 360 controller. In fact, there are some fans out there who say if you combine the 360 controller with the PS3 then you have, potentially, the best console/controller combination ever. But, that obviously isn’t the case.

With the Xbox One controller, Microsoft tweaked the old 360 model just enough to make it look new yet old at the same time. The d-pad has been fixed, the battery pack has been put inside the controller, it’s slimmer overall, and much lighter. Plus, they have created a trigger system that will allow game publishers to have the console adjust the tension and feel of the triggers to suit certain titles. All-in-all it looks like a perfect controller, but what about the PS4′s controller.

The DualShock 4 is a much-needed upgrade on a base model that has been around since PlayStation in the mid-1990s. The DualShock 3 was small and crammed which made hitting the proper buttons at the right time hard to do with players with bigger hands. Sony has seemingly fixed all of that with the DualShock 4.

The bigger DualShock4

With a bigger body, the DualShock 4 allows for further spread out buttons to give the user a better feel. The analog sticks now have a bit of a ridge to them in order to allow better grip. Even the triggers received a touch up as they are now curved to form around your fingers.

The biggest new feature of the DualShock4 is the touchpad in the upper center of the controller. While it’s unsure exactly how games will take advantage of this new aspect to the controller, we do know that it can work like a mouse for the console’s web browser. It even clicks in like a mouse button for selection options.

While there is rightful skepticism with Sony’s new controller, there may be just enough positive change to get users excited about DualShock4.

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Non-Gaming/Social Features:

Everyone knows that the most important aspect of a game console is, well, the games. But what about those times you just aren’t in the mood to play a game, but rather just relax and take advantage of other features that the console has to offer.

Microsoft has done it’s due diligence — probably even too much — to make sure the Xbox One can be used as an all-purpose entertainment machine. From Live TV passthrough to it’s exclusive deal with ESPN, in addition to it’s market of hundreds of apps like YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, etc., Microsoft has made the Xbox One its user’s one-stop-shop for all things entertainment.

The PS4 wont have the live TV passthrough or the NFL content, but will still provide streaming of Netflix, Hulu, MLB.TV, NHL Gamecenter, YouTube, etc.

In terms of Social features, Sony spent much of its inital PS4 reveal back in February touching on what the PS4 will allow its users to do.

In addition to improve it’s quality of the PlayStation Network to that of Xbox Live (still a long ways to go to get close to that), Sony implemented Facebook integration and live video chat with the PS4. Users will get live social feed updates as they happen directly to their console. If a friend buys or downloads a new game, you will know; get’s a trophy (achievement), you’ll know.

Arguably the biggest social feature on the PS4 is the new “Share” button that graces the DualShock4.

With this button users will be able to broadcast live gameplay via UStream, take screenshots, or share recorded video via the console’s game DVR. Users can also invite friends who are in a different location on their PS4 to remotely connect to their system, and play their game. This is incredibly useful for those, like myself, who often get stuck at an annoying part of a game, and can’t figure out how to get by it. Now, you can have a friend beat it without them even coming over. That my friends, is laziness to the Nth degree, yet, at the same time, it’s pretty awesome.

Not completely anti-social, the Xbox One will allow users to have as many friends as they so choose which is an increase from the current limit of 100 on the Xbox 360. The major social feature that the Xbox One will have is the inclusion of Skype built-in that you can use while you are in the middle of a game. In fact, all voice chat on the console will run via Skype.

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Exclusive Games:

What good is a console if there are no games to play on it? First and foremost, we’re leaving out non-exclusive from this category due to that not really helping the case in any way for either console. This is all about the exclusives.

This is where Microsoft seemed to impress many, including myself, the most with their E3 Conference on Monday afternoon.

Among the games shown off as Xbox One exclusives were classic IPs Dead Rising 3, Halo, and Forza Motorsport. Then came the new IPs that show great signs of promise. Quantum Break, Ryse: Son of Rome, Lococycle, and Titanfall are just a few of the key exclusive games coming to the Xbox within a year of its launch.

On the PS4 side of things, they showed off Knack, Infamous: Second Son, The Dark Sorcerer, Killzone: Shadow Fall, and The Order: 1886.

At first glance, the Xbox One seems to have the better of the exclusive games. And when you factor in it’s deal with EA to get exclusive in-game content as well as the deal with Call of Duty to continue to get DLC first, it makes the Xbox One the clear standout when it comes to exclusivity. However, exclusivity means nothing if the games don’t play well.

Once we can get our hands on how these games play, then we can truly have a grasp for which console’s exclusive content is superior.

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You’ve read the facts, and have enough details to make up your own opinion on the matter. So, what’s it going to be? Are you going to go PS4 or Xbox One. Vote in the final poll below, and leave a comment letting us know why( or why not) you chose what you chose.

All of the votes will be tallied in a week, and the best comments will be featured in the results post so get to voting!

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  • Patrick Allen

    This is tough. I was a Nintendo user for years and then I switched to Xbox when they turned Madden into a cartoon on Wii. I loved playing Mario and Zelda but overall, NES was just too much of a kiddie console to me. I also quickly got annoyed with waving my arms around like a moron with the Wii.

    I’ve quite enjoyed my Xbox and have never has a Play Station. I don’t buy a ton of used games but I think the Xbox restrictions are BS so I was planning to try the PS4. Still, it seems like the Xbox One has more features I will use, specifically the TV functions (Directv menue navigation is a nightmare).

    I am no hardcore gamer but I am certainly conflicted.

    • Mike Straw Jr.

      I’ve been an Xbox fanboy since I was 11 (2001). I’ve always backed MS with everything they’ve done but the internet connection policies and used game fees made me jump ship. It’s tough to do, but i’m going PS4 this time. I don’t need live tv passthrough on my game console. Then again, I view myself as a hardcore gamer

      • Romeo Fuqua

        How many used games do you actually play as a hardcore gamer? And don’t you think that this argument will go away when we quickly move past physical media and start downloading games for a lower price?

        • Mike Straw Jr.

          you’d be surprised. About 80% of my game collection is taken up by used games.

    • Emmanuel Trader

      I agree with you the deal breaker for me is the mandatory internet and the policy on used games, its pretty lame when you have individuals such as myself serving this country and getting deployed or PCS’ing. How can we take a system to play if we can’t always get internet access

      • Patrick Allen

        Been hearing a lot of people in the service are really pissed about this. I never realized gaming was such a big thing in the service but after reading some of the comments, it makes sense.

      • Romeo Fuqua

        Maybe this is how we will finally reach peace. Soldier’s showing up on people’s doorsteps with Xbox Ones. “Excuse me, but may I borrow a cup of internet?”

        I’m pretty sure Rodney King would support this idea. After all, wasn’t it him who said, “Can’t we all just game along together?”

    • Andrew schelb

      xbox dropped its drm and restrictions. decision made. plus ps4 runs at an agonizing 30fps. while xbox one gets 60fps

  • Brian Spaen

    I’ll side with the PS4 on this one right now, and not just because of how they responded in Monday night’s E3 show.

    Like Patrick, I grew up on Nintendo and finally made the switch from Wii to PS3 because of a wider variety of better games. One reason I don’t plan to switch is because I’m in their ecosystem. I eventually bought the PlayStation Plus subscription because of all the great game deals they had. Making the switch to PS4 won’t be hard now that the online service will be mandatory.

    I’m not the biggest Sony fan when it comes to other products, but I like what they’re doing with the PS4. They’re keeping the ability to just pop in a game and play, and Microsoft is making gamers go through too many hoops to just play a game.

    With the PS4 having better exclusives (Uncharted, God of War, Infamous, Resistance, the very underrated Killzone, Ratchet & Clank, and so on) and with no interest in Xbox One’s TV options (who knows what troubled compatibility there will be with DirecTV), I’m with Sony at the moment.

    • Patrick Allen

      I find some appeal to the TV stuff with the Xbox One but like you said, who knows if it will work or how it will work? I’d like to get a new console as soon as it comes out but I may wait and kind of see the lay of the land.

    • Romeo Fuqua

      It really is too bad that there are so many exclusive games on one side or the other. Gamers may admit that one system or the other is better, but their favorite games keep them locked to one system. But, if all games were equal, we wouldn’t need multiple systems.

      I am curious to see the Xbone TV options though. Searching for a show with your voice seems helpful. And hopefully Skype will work well. That will bring a very futuristic feel to the living room. Plus maybe my mom will love being able to interrupt my tv or gaming (apparently I don’t call enough).

  • nathan hunter

    Its disappointing to see Activision sell out to Microsoft again . I won’t buy their titles for ps4 . ESPN is fascinating for the Xbox ONE features and I would like to know more . But is the Call of Duty franchise ( who will still support hosting lobbies …lame) and ESPN exclusive content compell me to purchase a $ 500.00 console ? Probably not . But the non gaming features just seem cool for the Xbox and I might buy it after I see it in action with comparison to ps4 . The circle of death made me a skeptic on Xbox . It all boils down to how many people can Xbox fool . Pay for your internet down to your controllers battery life . Womp womp.

  • hellbinder

    If microsoft learns a little fomr this backlash they will remove some of these restrictions. I don’t care much for the internet connection. They said it, ‘it only needs kb of data’ to check-in. In reaity just ot have a restriction sucks but personally I don’t care. I’m always online. As about the lending games, I REALLY HOPE they see that this is going to hurt them. Again microsoft itself wont be imposing any fees, but it doesnt mean other publishers won’t.

    I got’s to say I am still undecided. I like xbox online service. I never liked Sony’s…always having issues. as for games, PS4 showed games that are as well comign to Xbox one. I would liek to see graphics comparison, even thought I know the PS4 should win easily, it’s not always the case. (They said PS3 had better power than 360 yet, most games were identical if not better in 360).

    It’s still a waiting game for me.

    • Patrick Allen

      Yeah I am wondering if Microsoft will back off because of the backlash. I hope so.

  • Matt McLaren

    PS4 all the way, allthough I’m not happy to hear that dead rising 3 will be exclusively on XBOX one. I concider zombie games a valuable training material for the future… to Microsoft: don’t bogart the zombies!

  • Romeo Fuqua

    The majority of people are jumping to conclusions FAR too quickly. Making the financial decision of purchasing either system will certainly be difficult, but people need to admit that the fight is more equally matched than at a first glance.

    GAME SHARING: This seems annoying, but in the near future most people will happily ditch physical media – and nobody will be able to share. Look at the PS Vita right now. It is cheaper and more convenient to purchase the digital version of the games. The down side is that you cannot lend out or sell these digital games when you are done with them. Digital games that cannot be shared already experience phenomenal success on iPhone & Android. We are already accustomed to purchasing games that we cannot share. And, long gone are the days of buying an expensive magazine in order to get your hands on a demo disc to try out new games. All games will have extensive downloadable demos that will allow you ample time to determine if a game is worth purchasing.

    USED GAMES: Microsoft has said that there will be a fee to play used gamed. This certainly sounds like a nuisance, but we don’t know the details. Microsoft could have an easy solution to this. They simply reach a partnership with GameStop where any fees are covered in the price of the used game that you purchase at the store. Just go home with your used disc, type in the license transfer code located on your GameStop receipt, and begin playing your game as the XBone transfers the game files behind the scenes.

    REQUIRED INTERNET CONNECTION: Let’s face it – we are all in the wrong place to be complaining about this. Clearly, everyone here has consistent internet access. No hardcore gamer (or gamer who is comparing features this early in the game) should be whining about accessing the internet. Requiring internet check-ins every 24 hours (in order to play even single player games) will absolutely be an issue for some, but not for us. If you drive a car to work, don’t complain about how seats on the bus are uncomfortable. Give somebody a ride! If you have a friend who doesn’t have an internet connection, invite them over to play your super awesome Xbox One (and maybe browse the Google machine and pay some bills online). Apple TV, the Roku, and the Boxee Box require constant internet access, but you don’t hear people complaining about it. In the future, some of the best games will be streaming from the cloud – and yes, some people will be left behind. If you don’t have internet, don’t buy the Xbox One. But if you do, stop complaining and evaluate the other system features in making your decision.

    • Jameel Aboulhosn

      Or you could be a gamer and buy both, like gamers are doing.

  • Scratch

    Now that the policies have changed and the comparison chart above is out dated I wonder what a new poll would look like.

    • Jameel Aboulhosn

      Still the same because most people are too dumb to know it changed and those who aren’t either don’t care or have Sony fanboys spreading disinformation to them.

  • Andrew schelb

    everyone voted ps4 because of the drm i bet if they put this survey back up now that its all gone xbox would win.

  • YouAreAnIdiott

    Good article but there’s some misconceptions here you compared Wi-Fi direct to a magical theoretical number that the ps4 doesn’t have are you talking about its Bluetooth speed? Last I check Bluetooth 2.1 isn’t 50 or over mbps(it’s actually up to 3mbps) so either you got that wrong or you’re comparing it to 802.11n if you are why? Xbox has it too and theoretical speeds are up to 250mbps (it’s 100-300 mbps something like that) as well not 50-75 mbps you stated(802.11g was 50mbps)…

    So in short, Xbox one is using Wi-Fi direct for wireless controller and future peripherals, ps4 is using Bluetooth 2.1+edr I’d like to know why personally, is it lower latency, or longer distance, battery life, etc what was their reasoning to using 2.1? versus 4.0 or going the Wi-Fi direct road

    Edit: also it’s gddr5, ddr5 does not exist in the real world (yet it’s just dedicated for graphic cards hence the “g”ddr)

  • Steven

    Playstation is the better gaming console hands down. I had ps2 and swithced over to ms with the 360 since the first year it came out. Although I miss grandtermismo, they don’t even have a game for the ps4 yet. But the fact that I already own a xbox 360 and can now have two consoles with one online accont makes it better. Not to mention the controllers are allot better and the voice commands make it just cool enough to be a better deal for me. Now I can play the 360 at my work and keep xbox one at my house.

    • Jameel Aboulhosn

      Because you’ve played the PS4. Also your comment made absolutely no sense.

      • Steven

        Ps4 has better specs makeing it the better console, not to mention cheaper.. The comment made complete sense. Having and playing 2 consoles are better than one. Sorry you couldn’t comprehend that bro.

  • Dijon

    Two Words: PS4 ROCKS. (Well, that could be 4 words)

  • Reid

    than you’ll be happy to know that this info on this page about the xbox one is old and now false because you no longer need constant internet and you CAN put used and borrowed games in the xbox one and play them for FREE, other things have already been fixed as well. And xbox is already making an update/software fix-up and it will be able to play just as good graphics as the ps4 and eventually, as the xbox 360 did, could surpass the graphics on the ps4. come on, its Microsoft, bill gates owns Microsoft, they have more money, this system WILL be better. They will eventually have processing and playing close to computers, who is best and most renowned at computers? – Bill Gates, and what does he own? – Microsoft, which controls what? – XBOX ONE